The Crucible

Appreciating art criticism

Philip Ball considers Chinese works of art that comment on environmental and chemical issues

In the Pipeline

Garbage in, garbage out

The rise of low-quality and predatory open access journals and conferences worries Derek Lowe


Thanks all. It's been a pleasure

After five and a half years I'm moving on to new challenges


Not all science is created equal

John Ioannidis explains why researchers should be curious about the differences between disciplines

Classic Kit

Schnitger's pipette

Dropping drudgery gets a thumbs-up

Organic Matter

Twisting activity from amides

When amides get out of shape, a whole new world of asymmetric aldol reactions opens up, says Karl Collins

Critical Point

Good advice

Rather than axing his chief scientific adviser, the next president of the European commission should enhance the role


July 2014

Size of research groups - is bigger better? Takeover bids and spontaneous combustion


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